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Audi Solidifies 2026 Formula One Entry with Sauber, Alfa Romeo Team Chief Confirms Amidst Speculation

Alfa Romeo’s team chief Alessandro Alunni Bravi has confirmed Audi’s unshakeable commitment to entering Formula One in 2026 through a partnership with Sauber, dispelling any rumors of a premature exit. This update comes amidst the challenges posed by Alfa Romeo’s current branding partnership.

Key Takeaways:

  • Audi’s Firm Commitment: Audi is firmly set to take over Sauber’s entry in Formula One by 2026. Alunni Bravi highlighted the comprehensive support and preparation by Audi, ensuring a smooth transition in line with the new regulations.
  • Communication Challenges: The current partnership with Alfa Romeo creates certain communication barriers, limiting the disclosure of future plans, including those about Audi’s engagement, as explained by Alunni Bravi.
  • Driver Line-Up Outlook: With Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu confirmed for the 2024 season, there is growing speculation around Audi’s potential pursuit of a high-profile driver to lead their Formula One venture.

The Formula One world has been buzzing with speculation about Audi’s foray into the sport. Alessandro Alunni Bravi, representing Alfa Romeo, has recently put these speculations to rest by confirming Audi’s unwavering plans to enter the sport in the 2026 season. This bold move by the German automotive giant is set to reshape the competitive landscape of Formula One.

“Audi has a strong commitment to Formula One and, of course together with Sauber, this commitment comes from a decision not only of the board of Audi but also the advisory board of Audi and the Supervisory Board of Audi/Volkswagen,” Alunni Bravi confirmed in a statement reported by This reassurance comes at a crucial time, as Alfa Romeo prepares to end its involvement at the close of the 2023 season.

Alunni Bravi’s declaration effectively dispels any rumors of a potential retreat by Audi before their highly anticipated debut in Formula One. Furthermore, he shed light on the current communication hurdles resulting from the ongoing partnership with Alfa Romeo. “We are Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN. So, until the end of the year, we have certain limitations in communicating about the team, about the future, about the involvement of Audi, and we fully respect Alfa Romeo for this.”

Looking forward, the team has reasserted the continuity of their current drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu, for the 2024 season. However, the Formula One community is abuzz with the possibility of Audi seeking a marquee driver to headline their entry into the sport. This strategic move could be a game-changer, signaling Audi’s ambition to make a significant impact in Formula One racing.

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